Post # 1
Basically I have heard for years I’m gluten sensitive and I should go gluten free and see how much better I feel. It was a hard decision because, hello…breadsticks.
So I recently weaned myself off all gluten products. I’m actually pretty proud of myself because I took it slow. I knew I would not be able to go cold turkey. That being said, I’m two weeks gluten free and I’m feeling great! I’ve been experimenting with different gluten free breads, pastas, crackers, etc but I’d love your suggestions on what I should try next !
Post # 3
Udi’s bread and buns! No other brand compares to theirs.
Post # 4
Honestly, I try to avoid other grains too and make everything myself (zucchini/carrot/sweet potato/squash pasta instead of store bought grain ones; homemade muffins/breads from fresh ingredients).
But if I really have to buy a loaf of bread, I go for Udi’s. It’s delicious and it’s the only one that I can have without toasting it first.
Post # 5
Sammi’s Bakery for the bread and bagels, Udi’s for homemade pizza, domino’s for order-in pizza, Red Mill and Namaste for flour. I can’t recommend any pastas, because I switched to beanthread noodles, but my roommate might be able to remember. Diamond blue or whatever, the same brand that makes the almond milk we drink, also has crackers that are amazing, Betty Crocker has a few gluten-free boxed things… Oh, STAY AWAY from Quaker Oats. Some oatmeal is fine, but not that one, from what I remember. If you want to PM, I can probably recommend some other foods.
If you’re two weeks off, you’re fine by now, it’s out of your system and you shouldn’t be craving it, but unless you’ve been checking ALL lables, and avoiding EVERYTHING, I doubt you’ve actually managed it, cause it’s very sneaky.
Wheat, gluten, monosodium glutamate, MSG, and modified food starch are all things you have to look for. Had tomoato soup? Probably had gluten. Soy sauce? Yep. I wish you luck, it is very frustrating at times, but if you have an intolerance, truly getting it out of your system will make a difference… one you may not notice until you slip up and realize how much better you felt without it.
Post # 6
Posting to follow! I’m doing my best to take wheat out of my diet (more gluten free than just wheat free) in hopes that it helps my cold urticaria. I try to keep all my shopping to the produce and meat section but DH is itching for pasta and bread.
@Orion: Is there a soy sauce which is safe to use? Same for oatmeal? I hadn’t heard about that one.
Post # 7
Another vote for Udi’s! But be careful….a lot of gf items have a *lot* if sugar.
Post # 8
@jpalm13: There is, but I don’t remember the brand name off the top of my head. My roommate is allergic to soy so I never bothered buying it. Oatmeal… well, the publix brand I sometimes get is fine, but it depends on your area.
I’m surprised at all the votes for Udi’s… I know Sammi’s bakery products weren’t that widespread (2 hours driving for either a Richard’s Whole foods or the actual Sammi’s bakery), but the bread is HIGHLY superior to Udi’s. Though I’m drooling over the thought of those hot-dog buns they have. Yom yom yom.
Post # 9
@Orion: bragg’s is gluten free. It’s good I think. You need a little less than soy and it’s a bit higher in salt but it balances out.
I agree with the udi’s votes. When I absolutely need some bread, I cave and buy some and its delicious!
And nature’s path gluten free cereal is delicious too!!
Post # 10
@jpalm13: You can buy coconut/liquid aminos – same thing as soy sauce basically, but without soy (some people avoid soy). I use it on Paleo as an alternative and it has the same taste.
Post # 11
Udi’s is freaking amazing!
Post # 12
Udi’s is the best you’ll find for bread! Especially the cinnamon raisin kind, SO GOOD. But their bagels are not that great. Maybe I just have bad luck but they’re always very brittle. Haven’t been able to get one apart without it breaking.
You should also try Sunstart. They make cookies and bars and such. They have these coconut shortbreak cookies (blue box). I could literally eat an entire box in one sitting if I let myself.
And Annie’s makes a really good mac and cheese. Rice based I believe.
The best pasta I’ve found is called Heartland. It doesn’t get gooey like lots of other gluten free pastas do.
Post # 13
@kapalua67: so it sounds like I really need to try out the udi’s stuff! I’ve been doing a lot of just fruits, veggies and meats but I miss having some toast in the morning with my fruit and eggs! You ladies have some great suggestions. It’s definitely been an adjustment and my SO is just starting to notice that we don’t have any of our regular stuff! I mentioned I was going gluten free and he did the whole okee dokee whatever you want but now he’s like this pasta tastes funny and it has a weird texture…I’m like it’s not pasta is spaghetti squash. hahaha
Post # 14
@Orion: yeah it’s been harder than I ever imagined! it is in sooo much! My sister in law is completely gluten intolerant so she gave me the run down on the dos and donts but it’s just unbelievable the things I thought were good to go and definitely are not!! I’m going to look into this Sammi’s bakery!
The other thing I’ve been encountering about gluten free is the backlash! I definitely don’t tell people I’m gluten free now but if it comes up I don’t hide it and I’m shocked at how much people scoff at it! I’m not asking them to be gluten free, I don’t look at them and go ugh omg gluten…your diarrhea must be terrible. So annoying. Did you experience this?
Post # 15
@kapalua67: I like the Annie’s gluten free mac and cheese too! 🙂
Post # 16
@kapalua67: that’s awesome because I tried this one brand of pasta and it seriously just went mush in my pan. So gross! Thank you so much for all the suggestions, I can’t wait to grocery shop again!